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The Maastricht Market

It took a day before I could get to the Vrijtohof to see what the Markets looked like this year.  Pinned down with calls, budgets, politics, I give the City credit: this is the best Christmas Fair in a few years.  ‘Magisch Maastricht, ind...

Approaching Easter holidays

The big spring holidays are swinging into motion in Europe, with a four-day weekend and half-term school vacations starting Friday.  The Tube is full of schoolkids, excited in a half-dozen languages;  Piccadilly Circus overflows with groups...

EASY, TASTY HOLIDAY SIDE DISHES!!

  Like a lot of people I have several holiday dinners and gatherings at my house during the holiday season.  And, it’s easy to get “stuck in a rut” making the same dishes year after year.  With all the “busy-ness” that ensues...
by Savvy In The Surburbs on Dec 24, 2014

EASY, TASTY HOLIDAY SIDE DISHES!!

  Like a lot of people I have several holiday dinners and gatherings at my house during the holiday season.  And, it’s easy to get “stuck in a rut” making the same dishes year after year.  With all the “busy-ness” that ensues...
by Savvy In The Surburbs on Dec 24, 2014

Christmas at Kew Gardens

Midnight strolls through public parks are always fun.  Museum Nights are held in major cities across Europe, and I still remember the flashlight exploration of Amsterdam’s Zoo, bears and lions sleepily blinking at the late visitors. Simila...

Magisch Maastricht 2014

The Christmas Market is open in the Vrijthof this evening under clear skies: nice to revisit the Gluhwijn and Krakauer, skaters and SkyWheel again. And a Cedar Falls Expat in a reindeer sweater.         ...

Taking the evenings in London

I’m making trips into London every week to meet with potential investors and to pitch institutional and angel groups.  I’m also well into the final leg of solidifying my residency status.  I currently hold both NL (5 year) and UK (Tier...

Mothers Day Reflections

Happy Mothers Day!A flower for the mothers out there!I've been a mom for 10 years now. Wow... I can hardly believe it! It seems like just a moment ago that I was rubbing my nose on chubby little baby cheeks, breathing in that smell of baby scalp and...
by Home Made by Carmona on May 11, 2014

Mothers Day Reflections

Happy Mothers Day!A flower for the mothers out there!I've been a mom for 10 years now. Wow... I can hardly believe it! It seems like just a moment ago that I was rubbing my nose on chubby little baby cheeks, breathing in that smell of baby scalp and...
by Home Made by Carmona on May 11, 2014

Hostess Gift: A DIY Basketful of Spring

Looking for the perfect hostess gift for that Spring party or Easter dinner you've been invited to?I saw these gorgeous wire bags via Pottery Barn (currently no longer available), and thought it would make a lovely hostess gift! Even b...
by Home Made by Carmona on Apr 10, 2014

Hostess Gift: A DIY Basketful of Spring

Looking for the perfect hostess gift for that Spring party or Easter dinner you've been invited to?I saw these gorgeous wire bags via Pottery Barn (currently no longer available), and thought it would make a lovely hostess gift! Even b...
by Home Made by Carmona on Apr 10, 2014

Christmas Hunt redux

Its easy to tell when the Tube is approaching London’s Winter Wonderland: the cars fill with children and strollers, mittens and scarves.  When the trains lurch stopped, it all spills out into a spectacular clog at the escalators, another at t...

On the Christmas Hunt

The Tube was packed with brightly-wrapped boxes and tritely-sweatered bodies.  I seldom see a reindeer themed pullover elsewhere, but they are endemic in London.   I joined the crowds (sans sweater), in part,  to dent my get-shopp...

5 Detailed Tips To Make Your Home Comfortable for Guests

Or 5 Ways To Be A Serial Hostess...I love having guests over, it is the best part of the holidays! Well, my husband would tell you otherwise, but don't listen to him. It's just that he sees what none of my guests see... a crazy lady flying about the...
by Home Made by Carmona on Dec 13, 2013

‘tis the night before Thanksgiving

…and the cooking is well underway. There are 22 people coming together for dinner at 7 tomorrow.  I was assigned the stuffing, cranberries, and Dutch cheese plate: I’m on turkey duty (24 lb) tomorrow: we’re guessing five hours to cook whi...

Sampling the Christmas Markets

  I took the train across the Channel over the weekend and decorations bloomed everywhere.  They ranged from ornaments strung over the tracks in Maastricht to the tree in Brussels’ Grand Place and evergreen garland in Waterloo Station.

Skokie IL wedding table decorations

Thinking about having a Skokie wedding? Are you still searching for a company within Skokie that can assist you with all your wedding planning necessities particularly in the decorations? The marriage is a memory that is cherished, making it more rem...

Boxing day

Christmas in Seattle was wet, cold, but nice.  I’ve been catching up with assembling the last of the holiday and finishing some minor home repairs: entropy sets I month by month.  We opted for a smaller tree this year, $28 for a 3’ Nobl...

5 Easy Christmas Eve Dinner Recipes

Our big Christmas dinner is always on Christmas day, but on Christmas Eve my wife and me, along with my immediate family, get together to eat and enjoy time together. In the past, our menu would... Brazilian Recipes or Barbecue?
by The Grill Man on Dec 20, 2012

Views from the Windows

  Morning in Maastricht and in Cambridge – snow / rain: Winter. I furiously catching up with the business and administrative backlog, humming away in my garret and firing off calls and emails (and the occasional Andre Rieu eCard when I ne...


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